Wigner instability analysis of the damped Hirota equation

Al Tarazi Assaubay, Alejandro Castro Castilla, Antonio A. Valido

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We address the modulation instability of the Hirota equation in the presence of stochastic spatial incoherence and linear time-dependent amplification/attenuation processes via the Wigner function approach. We show that the modulation instability remains baseband type, though the damping mechanisms substantially reduce the unstable spectrum independent of the higher-order contributions (e.g. the higher-order nonlinear interaction and the third-order dispersion). Additionally, we find out that the unstable structure due to the Kerr interaction exhibits a significant resilience to the third-order-dispersion stabilizing effects in comparison with the higher-order nonlinearity, as well as a moderate Lorentzian spectrum damping may assist the rising of instability. Finally, we also discuss the relevance of our results in the context of current experiments exploring extreme wave events driven by the modulation instability (e.g. the generation of the so-called rogue waves).
Original languageEnglish
Article number132587
Pages (from-to)10
JournalPhysica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • damped Hirota equation
  • Incoherent Modulation Instability
  • Lorentzian spectrum damping

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